Biographer Andrew Morton said Prince William “led the call to muzzle Diana posthumously” when he denounced a 1995 interview given to the BBC, whose 1992 book Diana: Her True Story Prince Charles’ affair with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, was exposed for the first time.
Princess Diana famous on BBC panorama, “There were three of us in this wedding, so it was a bit crowded” during her most famous tell-all media appearance at the height of the dissolution of her relationship with Charles.
However, Prince William called for the show not to be re-aired after controversy over how journalist Martin Bashir got the scoop. And it appears that after the BBC has committed to not showing it in full or to license it to other broadcasters, it may at least partially get its wish.
However, Morton recently pointed out The Daily Beast The 1995 interview was a historical artifact and should be part of the public record.
Morton said, “It is a supreme irony that it is her son who posthumously to shut Diana’s mouth, to silence her, to stop her from hearing what he has spent his life trying to do, to stop her from saying The call for has led.”
William says Diana interview ‘has no validity’
Diana’s 1995 panorama The interview has been mired in controversy when it emerged that Bashir used forged financial records as part of a campaign to secure the scoop of the decade.
According to an internal investigation conducted by Lorde on behalf of the BBC, the star interviewer—who also famously made a documentary about Michael Jackson—provided fake documents that suggest both the princess and her brother Charles Spencer had a relationship. The employees who worked for him were taking bribes. John Dyson.
The Duke of Cambridge responded to the publication of the report in 2021 by calling Diana’s interview a “false narrative” that should never be aired again.
In a rare, emotional statement, he said: “It is my view that the manner in which the interview was received fraudulently was influenced to a great extent by what my mother said. and has since hurt countless others.
“It is indescribably sad to learn that the failures of the BBC contributed significantly to the fear, paranoia and isolation that I remember from those last years with her.”
“It is my firm view that this panorama program has no validity and should never be aired again,” William said. “This effectively set up a false narrative, which has been commercialized by the BBC and others for more than a quarter century. This systematic narrative now needs to be addressed by the BBC and anyone else who has learned about these events.” I have written or intended to write.”
BBC Director-General Tim Davey appeared to largely comply with William’s request, confirming in July 2022 that the BBC would no longer license footage to other broadcasters and would only show clips in limited circumstances.
Davy said in a statement, “Now that we know of the shocking way that the interview was obtained, I have decided that the BBC will never show the program again, nor will we be able to broadcast it in whole or in part to other broadcasters.” licence.” “This certainly remains part of the historical record and there may be occasions in the future when it will be appropriate for the BBC to use abbreviated citations for journalistic purposes.
“But these will be few and far between and will need to be agreed upon at the level of the executive committee and set in the full context of what we now know about how to get interviews.”
What Diana Said Was ‘Not an Aberration’
Morton, however, pointed to the fact that at least what Diana told Bashir was already included in the secret tapes she made for the 1992 book.
The princess smuggled confessions recorded through an intermediary to the author, which included disastrous details of Charles’ affair, his experiences with bulimia, and several suicide attempts during his time in the royal family.
That testimony came three years before Bashir’s interview, and a transcript of those tapes was published in later editions of Morton’s book, released after Diana’s death.
Prince William never said which aspects of Diana’s interview represented a “false narrative”, making it difficult to determine to what extent Morton’s tapes challenge his view.
Morton told The Daily Beast: “This [Panorama] There is an important, historical interview that should be part of the public record. No accurate history or documentary can be made of Diana without referencing that interview.
“What he said was not a mistake; indeed, much of the land that he covered was revealed in my book, Diana, Her True Story, It is wrong for the BBC to lock it in the vault.”
Morton continued, “The way Martin Bashir used to make Diana sit and talk to her was cryptic and confusing,” but the truth is that once the cameras were on, he took his own time to say anything. did not waver, and many of the things she said, such as discussing her bulimia, her suicide attempts, her husband’s relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles and the fact that she did not consider him fit to be king, were not aberrations Were.
“She was well known for saying these things to people in her circle, to such an extent that they became a scholar of sorts.”
Princess Diana’s ‘paranoia’
Prince William did not specify what he was referring to when he used the word “paranoia”, but Bashir’s false account incorrectly suggested that Charles had a relationship with his children’s nanny. There was also the relationship, which was then known as Twiggy Legge-Bourke.
The nanny, now Tiggy Pettifer, was indemnified by the BBC over Bashir’s false account that Prince Charles had a miscarriage after becoming pregnant.
Lord Dyson’s 2021 report read: “I am satisfied that, by the time of the meeting [with Bashir]Princess Diana had crazy fears about various things, including being spied on and threatening her life.
“Mr Bashir was aware of some of these apprehensions but the princess expressed many apprehensions for her physical safety prior to her death,” the report said. Bashir will find it a little difficult to play on his fear and paranoia.”
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